Highlights from the weekly report (June 27) from City of Lakewood Manager, Andrew Neiditz to the Mayor and Council Members:
- Economic Development at Lakewood United: Economic Development Manager Ellie Chambers was the speaker at Lakewood United on June 26th, providing an overview of her initial assessment of the City‚Äôs development potential. She was joined by Police Chief Bret Farrar, who introduced the new program to support new business development with a special ‚ÄúConstruction Watch‚Äù emphasis on crime prevention at new commercial construction sites. On June 19th, Assistant City Manager David Bugher presented the group with an overview of new development projects around the City.
- SummerFEST 2008: The community participation at SummerFEST this year was significantly higher than last year‚Äôs successful event, making the event a hit. Over 150 cars were in the car show, over 140 vendors at the public market, and over 950 children purchased bracelets for the Kids Zone. The motorcycle rally was also joined by many more riders this time, its second year sponsored by Police. Parks & Recreation did a great job coordinating the event, with support from Police, Fire, the School District, and the Arts Commission.
- Neighborhood Association Leadership Meeting: City staff met with the leadership of the City-supported neighborhood associations on Wednesday, June 25th at City Hall. The city manager discussed the framework of Lakewood‚Äôs ‚ÄúCommunity Based Government Services‚Äù and how it tied to the City Council‚Äôs vision. The agenda also included a discussion of City participation in association meetings, meeting management, and a desire for ongoing, quarterly meetings between staff and neighborhood leadership.
- Public Records Forum: AWC and the Washington Municipal Clerks Association co-sponsored a half-day discussion forum on public records, specifically electronic records management on June 25th at Clover Park Technical College. This event covered the “ins and outs” of state law regarding electronic records, provided an opportunity to hear from the Washington State Archives office about their new WAC rules for using the Digital Archives services, and a chance for local municipal leaders to ask questions and have discussion about how to manage and maintain public records in their electronic form in accordance with local records retention schedules.